February 24-28
Tempe Mission Palms, Tempe, AZ

June 7-8
BIO 2020 Conference, San Diego, CA
November 3-6
University of Utah Research Park, Salt Lake City, UT

April- Capital City Innovation, Austin, TX
September- University of Delaware, Newark, DE
The global Community of Innovation converged at #AURPIC2019: Accelerating Innovation: People Programs Places! The final count:
  • Over 275 global innovation leaders,
  • 80+ speakers,
  • 35+ educational and sharing opportunities,
  • 65 sponsoring entities,
  • 27 new member institutions and organizations,
  • 141 new attendees,
  • All representing 13 countries and 6 of 7 continents!

Thanks goes to IC2019 Co-Chairs, Greg King, Mason Ailstock, plus Kevin Byrne, Merry Hunter Caudle and the 2019 Planning Committee. All of Atlanta and Georgia Tech pulled together a dynamite conference, value-rich with information, knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities galore!

The AURP annual conference continues to bring together the best of the best in science and technology, university, innovation district, incubator, and more — Accelerating Innovation through focusing on the People Programs and Places!
Thank you to our #AURPIC2019 Sponsors!
We're grateful for all the support of our #AURPIC2019 Sponsors

If you're interested in becoming an AURP Corporate Sponsor, click here to learn more.
Thank you to all who participated in our Insights into Research Parks event last month at Research Triangle Park in Durham, NC!

Attendees experienced truly dynamic networking and learning opportunities, featuring tours of RTP's major new research and business venues and revitalization of downtown Durham.

Our special thanks to  RTP's President & CEO,  Scott Levitan ! Plus, our very sincere thanks to all of our I2RP @RTP sponsors !

Our members can't wait until I2RP 2020 in Austin and Delaware!
Big News out of University of Utah
AURP IC2020 Host Institution
The University of Utah and the University of Utah Research Park, our #AURPIC2020 host, have announced two major news developments.

First, the Jon M. and Karen Huntsman family made a $150 million commitment to establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute as part of the University Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of Utah Research Park.

And the University of Utah has been invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities, which for more than 100 years has recognized the most outstanding academic institutions in the nation.

Mark your calendar now for IC2020 on November 3-6 - See you there!
Member Spotlight: Knowledge Park
to Open Cyber Centre in 2020
Fredericton, New Brunswick's Knowledge Park and Ignite Fredericton is set to open a $37-million, 135,000 sq ft Cyber Centre in fall 2020, according to a profile article in Business Facilities magazine.

Cyber Centre will be "a level II security facility that houses private business, academia and three levels of government that will be focused on research, development, operations and commercialization in critical infrastructure cyber security protect," according to the article. Learn more.
Members Spotlight: UM BioPark, Wexford Continue Planning on Major Park Expansion
University of Maryland BioPark and Wexford Science & Technology are tweaking designs for a planned 10-story office and laboratory tower to now include a 300-space parking garage, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Wexford is the lead developer of the $200 million project, which is "designed to fill a void between the existing BioPark campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore."

The project's first phase includes construction of the 300,000-square-foot 4MLK tower with a "public work area, plenty of office and lab space, a cafe and 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail." Learn more.
The CEO's Corner: Brian Darmody
The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) Chair John Dement announced the launch of a partnership with AUTM under a 5-year $16 million FLC grant. Through this award, FLC will collaborate with AUTM to “promote, educate and facilitate” their collective technology transfer efforts.

"Congratulations to AURP partner organization, AUTM, and its CEO, Stephen Susalka, for winning a $16 million five-year federal grant to help the FLC fuel more technology transfer from federal labs across the U.S." said AURP CEO Brian Darmody. "We look forward to working with AUTM and the FLC to help build more communities of innovation across our country."

The FLC also unveiled its FLC Strategic Plan: 2020-2025 as part of the new partnership announcement. The FLC Vice Chair, Jackie Kerby Moore, Executive Director of Sandia Science and Technology Park in New Mexico, is former AURP President and board member.

Brian has  published a Viewpoint column in the Baltimore Business Journal on "Maryland should embrace its expertise in building science and tech facilities." In this column, Brian notes "Maryland’s role as home to many companies designing and building science facilities, research parks and innovation districts across the U.S. and around the world."  Read more.

Questions for Brian? Connect at [email protected]
Communities of Innovation: A State of the Practice
This study, A State of the Practice, is intended to provide a current look at parks and communities of innovation today, and intended as a snapshot of where we stand as an innovation ecosystem. Read more.

Check out the AURP Career Center to discover your next career opportunity:

  • University of Houston, Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer & Innovation
  • Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration, CEO
  • Activation Capital, Executive Director + President/CEO
  • Cortex Innovation Community, President/CEO
  • University of South Dakota, Discovery District, President 
  • Auburn Research & Technology Foundation, Executive Director
  • Cal State LA BioSpace, Incubator Director